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Agent Spotlight: Emma Patterson
Status: Open to submissions.
About: “I grew up in New Jersey as an avid reader and the daughter of a literary agent. My mother had her office in our house, and I loved helping her read manuscripts and organize her bookshelves. After attending Kenyon College in the Ohio cornfields and graduating with a degree in history, I joined The Wendy Weil Agency, where I stayed for eight years until joining Brandt & Hochman in the January of 2013. I live in Brooklyn and enjoy cooking, re-watching old episodes of “The Sopranos,” and spending quality time with my new – and delightfully chubby – niece.” (Link)
About the Agency:
“Brandt & Hochman Literary Agents, Inc. is a full-service literary agency whose work representing authors’ interests has spanned most of the 20th century and continues in this digital age. We aim to give our select list of clients every benefit of our experience and expertise in shaping their writing projects, negotiating their contracts, and increasing their visibility throughout the world.
“Founded by Carl Brandt as an adjunct to the Mary Kirkpatrick Dramatic Agency around 1913, the agency’s original roster of literary clients included the bestselling authors of the time. A succession of family members culminating in Carl Brandt’s son, Carl D. Brandt, expanded the firm to Brandt & Brandt Literary Agents, Inc. In 2001, Gail Hochman became president of Brandt & Hochman Literary Agents, Inc. Currently, our staff of senior agents and developing younger agents handles a wide-ranging roster of writers in numerous genres, from literary fiction and memoir to mystery and thriller to history/biography and narrative non-fiction, as well as children’s books. We represent classic titles which have been in print for decades as well as a list featuring 40 to 50 new titles each year.” (Link)
Brandt and Hochman website.
What She's Looking For:
Genres / Specialties:
Fiction: Commercial, Historical, Literary, Mystery, Short Story Collections, Women's Fiction, Young Adult.
Non-Fiction: Biography & Memoirs, Current Affairs & Politics, Food & Lifestyle, History & Military, Multicultural, Narrative, Pop Culture & Entertainment, True Adventure & True Crime. (Link, Link)
From the Agency Website (as of 5/2014):
“Emma Patterson is drawn to transporting stories and strong narrative voices. She represents fiction ranging from dark, literary novels and story collections to upmarket women’s fiction, historical fiction (with special interest in the 19th and 20th centuries), narrative non-fiction that includes memoir, journalism, and history, and young adult fiction and non-fiction along similar lines. She is particularly interested in anything about the Yankees and stories that are set in Brooklyn, New Jersey, Ohio, or Scotland – all former places she has lived.” (Link)
From Guide to Literary Agents (08/2013):
“I am on the lookout for literary and commercial fiction, upmarket women’s fiction, historical fiction, narrative nonfiction, pop culture, memoir, food writing, and YA and MG fiction and nonfiction. I’m open to mostly any project with strong writing, an original premise, and a story that immediately grabs me – and I still think about weeks after I’ve finished reading it. I’m especially drawn to stories that make me cry, laugh, or transport me to a world that’s new to me. So long as the writing is strong, I don’t shy away from dark or quiet stories. I don’t tend to like category or genre fiction.” (Link)
From an Interview (08/2011):
“Yes! I’d love to see YA fiction with strong plots, great writing, memorable characters, and no vampires (please). I’d also love to see transporting, powerful adult literary and commercial fiction – anything from a well-written literary thriller to a historical novel set in 19th century France. I’d also love to consider more nonfiction queries about pop culture, food, history, and memoir.” (Link)
What She Isn't Looking For:
Screenplays, textbooks, picture books, vampires (Link, Link).
“I love working with writers – I love reading a book and not being able to put it down, I love talking to writers about all the amazing parts of their work, I love having an editorial back-and-forth with writers to make their book the best possible book it can be, and most of all, I love the pride and admiration I feel for the writer when other people adore their book as much as I do.” (Link)
There is a list of agency clients on the website. Ms. Patterson’s clients include:
Patrick Arden, Louise Aronson, Rita Mae Brown, Kim Church, Sarah Cornwell, Eileen Cronin, Laura Furman, Gregg Herken, Brandon Jones, James Morrow, Lenore Myka, Anne Riley, among others.
E-mail: Yes (preferred).
Submission Guidelines (always verify):
“The best way to contact me is via email at epatterson [at] bromasite.com with a basic query letter (a bit about the project, the author, and the author’s past publishing or writing history). A few pages of the work can also be pasted into the body of the email, but I won’t open attachments unless I’ve specially asked for one.” (Link)
If sending by mail, include a SASE.
“One seemingly obvious—but often overlooked—tip for authors is to proofread your query letter. It's the first piece of your writing that an agent will read. If I'm not drawn to your writing in your query, or there are lots of confusing typos, I usually assume that I'll feel similarly about the rest of your work.” (Link)
Ms. Patterson only responds if interested. Stats on the web suggest a response time of just days to a couple weeks for queries, and 2-10 weeks for requested material.
What's the Buzz?
Emma Patterson joined Brandt and Hochman in January of 2013 after eight plus years with the Wendy Weil Agency. She represents a small but growing list of clients who seem to adore her and is open to both middle grade and young adult fiction. Houses she’s sold to include Random House, Knopf, St. Martin’s Press, Harper, Algonquin, Norton, Spenser Hill Press, and Dzanc Books.
Worth Your Time:
LitChat Interview: Emma Patterson, Literary Agent, Brandt & Hochman at LitStack (08/2013).
Agent Interview: Emma Patterson at Rebecca Taylor’s site (08/2011).
Around the Web:
Emma Patterson at P&E ($, AAR). Brandt and Hochman at P&E.
Brandt and Hochman thread at AbsoluteWrite.
Literary Agent Emma Patterson of Brandt and Hochman Literary Seeks New Clients at Guide to Literary Agents (05/2013).
The Top Five Agents I Would Query Again at Anne Riley Books (02/2013).
An Interview with Becky Taylor (A QueryTracker Success Story) at QueryTracker.
Please see the Brandt and Hochman website for additional contact and query information.
Last Updated: 5/8/14.
Last Reviewed By Agent? 5/8/14.
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